oa Alternation - Tracing Gujarati Language development: philologically and sociolinguistically

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This article traces the gradual evolution of the Indo-Aryan languages and more specifically, the Gujarati language. This language is spoken mainly in Gujarat, a state in western India, where it is a regional language officially recognized by the Constitution of India. It is written in Gujarati script which is very similar to Devanagari (the script used for Sanskrit) but without the continuous line at the top of the letters. The origin of the Gujarati language lies in the Sanskrit language, the oldest known form of the Indo-Aryan languages. The Indo-Aryan languages are a sub-set of the Indo-European language family (Chatterji I 978:476).

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